• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2001
Metascore
41

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. To say I was pleasantly surprised by PotA would be a considerable understatement, whilst not bringing any new ideas to the genre, it is a well refined title that impresses with tight controls and good gameplay.
  2. The lack of a mid-game save aside, PoA is great fun to play - not only does it have the necessary hook to keep you interested in what happens next, but it manages to perfectly reproduce the atmosphere of the Apes films.
  3. In spite of decent fight graphics and a solid audio track, this PC release manages only minimal intrigue, and game play that stagnates in the dark corridors that play out as the game’s map board.
  4. Hardcore types probably won't care for it, but the more mainstreamers might be interested in a little monkey business.
  5. While it stays true to the roots of the classic novel and original films, the game lacks creativity, particularly with respect to puzzles, visuals and combat. When all is said and done, Planet of the Apes simply isn’t very entertaining.
  6. 40
    Whatever redeeming aspects it may have had are marred by a plethora of inconveniences and annoyances that round out boring, repetitive play.
  7. This is a pretty bad game that has endless sprawling caves as gameplay areas and equally dull gameplay within them.
  8. The manner in which the screen moves can actually make you sick, and the enjoyment isn't enough to overcome that aspect.
  9. It’s exactly the kind of cookie-cutter movie spin-off we could easily survive without. [Holiday 2001, p.88]
  10. Planet of the Apes has no compelling action, no puzzling adventure, and no interesting places to explore. It is gaming stripped of virtually everything that separates games from work.
  11. As a game, Planet of the Apes fails utterly. As a skeet target, it succeeds in spades. Someone shout, "Pull!" [May 2002, p.84]

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